More Michael Barone Articles

  • High court stops short of ending racial quotas and preferences

    Schuette v. BAMN shouldn't have been a hard case. The Fourteenth Amendment outlaws racial discrimination. Racial quotas and preferences are, by definition, racial discrimination. Fifty-eight percent of Michigan voters in 2006 voted to prohibit racial quotas and preferences in admission to...

  • One-fifth to one-third of respondents to New York Times/Kaiser polls say they didn't vote in 2012

    On the Weekly Standard blog, Bill Kristol quite rightly notes that the New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation polls in the Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina Senate races are suspect, because in all four states the retrospective question about voting in 2012 shows Barack Obama...

  • Should the bankrupt, blighted city of Detroit turn in its charter?

    Should the city of Detroit turn in its charter and go out of existence? A good friend of mine proposed this, many years ago, and I thought it absurd. It seems less so now. Now comes Dennis Lennox, former Cheboygan County drain commissioner and Republican public affairs consultant, writing in the...

  • United Auto Workers drops challenge to Volkswagen vote in Tennessee

    In a surprise move today, the United Auto Workers dropped its effort to overturn the result of the Feb. 14 unionization election at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

  • Political competition, not racism, changes voter alignments

    Have the Republicans become the white man's party? Are the depth and bitterness of Republicans' opposition to Barack Obama and his administration the product of racism? Those are questions you hear in the clash of political argument, and you will hear plenty of answers in the affirmative if...

  • The (so far very limited) move against no-fault divorce

    I have long wondered why, when conservatives (and others) lament the apparent decline in the institution of marriage, no conservatives advance the notion of amending the no-fault divorce laws, which were passed in just about every state a little more than 40 years ago. It turns out, I find from...

  • News from Britain: Smaller state means more jobs

    About one-third of the money in the Obama Democrats' 2009 stimulus program went to state and local governments. The obvious aim was to maintain levels of public sector employment -- and public sector union membership.

  • Obama must defend NATO's real red lines from Vladimir Putin's aggression in Ukraine

    Last week masked men, in camouflage garb with no insignia, dressed and equipped like Russian special forces, started taking over police stations and other government buildings in the Donets basin in eastern Ukraine. They appeared to be working in tandem with local militias in defying the...

  • Dems play politics with bogus 77-cent differential in male-female pay

    An economist serving on a second-term president's Council of Economic Advisers might expect to weigh in on fundamental issues, restructuring the tax system or making entitlement programs sustainable over the long term. Barack Obama once talked of addressing such issues, and Republican leaders...

  • Global warming alarmist wishes for mass deaths --- let's hope this is a parody

    Here's a chilling warning from a global warming alarmist who calls himself a “science communicator”: he (or she) would like to see a catastrophe that could be blamed on global warming wipe out a city of 150,000 people. His advice for those who agree: don't say so, but be ready to “return...

  • Are government statistics deteriorating?

    My American Enterprise Institute colleague Nick Eberstadt provides a reminder that the federal government has been a pioneer in producing useful and reliable statistics. It began with the Constitution's unprecedented and, in Eberstadt's words, “truly revolutionary” requirement that a census...

  • If you think the sky is falling, check out the prophecies of the 1970s

    Forty years is roughly the length of a working lifetime—and long enough for history to have taken some unexpected turns. And to have proved that long-term forecasts based on extrapolations of existing trends usually end up wide of the mark. The list of failed prophecies from the 1970s is...

  • Trust in state and local government high in small states --- and in booming Texas

    State and local government is, theoretically, closer to the ordinary citizen than the federal government — even though many citizens who vote in presidential elections do not take the trouble to vote in elections in non-presidential years when most or all of the offices at stake are in state...

  • Republican poll shows Scott Brown leading in New Hampshire

    Do I believe that former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is leading incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire by a 49-percent to 44-percent margin? I'm dubious.

  • Ukrainians, and Americans, are the children of history

    If you've been following events in Ukraine closely, you may have seen maps, available at electoralgeography.com, showing how the ethnic Russian areas voted heavily for one candidate and the ethnic Ukrainian areas for another. However, as the eminent historians of Eastern Europe Timothy Snyder...



From the Weekly Standard

  • Why the New York Times Poll Is Bogus

    The Arkansas Senate race has been close in virtually every serious poll. The Republican challenger, Tom Cotton, probably had a small lead a month or so ago; after a massive negative assault on him...

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  • Hustle Is Overrated

    The Bryce Harper-Mike Trout showdown is underway and the outcome is, well, inconclusive. In round one Monday night, the Nationals leftfielder walked and went hitless in three at bats while the...

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  • Kennedy’s Question

    We often think of the Constitution as a two-part document: first the original 1787 text, which primarily establishes the government’s structure; and then the amendments, which primarily set...

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